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Old 12-08-2020, 09:11 AM   #1
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Seattle Area to Texas

Need to travel to Texas around Christmas time. Least risk route weather wise is down I-5 then on to I-10.

With the California Covid rules in place that makes the I-84 route through Boise, SLC, Las Vegas and so on about the only choice. Is that doable in the winter???

I'm not looking for a weather forecast specifically, too far in the future for that. What I am looking for is does that even make sense to attempt, or is is just a plan doomed to failure? That appears to be way too much mountain or high altitude travel to NOT have problems. Would YOU attempt that route, or should I wait for California to open up? Would rather not.....Any ideas here??

BTW - I have traveled through the Siskiyou's many time in the winter, that is really the only potential roadblock so don't worry about that.
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Could be fine, or roads could be CLOSED.


You can get a pretty good idea out 10 days and firm up plans as you get closer using this excellent weather site:


https://www.ventusky.com/?p=43.5;-11...temperature-2m
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Old 12-08-2020, 09:26 AM   #3
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Thanks for that link

Will use it.
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I do not think CA has stopped people at the border.
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I have read conflicting reports about what California is doing. I read that they are not allowing overnight reservations which is what I need to travel through obviously. I also read that does not apply to folks who full time in their rigs. Two different opinions about the same wording I guess. Also I think it depends on your residency.

I know that they are not stopping people at the border. I will also make specific calls to RV parks as I get closer to departing as what is true today my not be in two weeks.

The route down I-5 is boring as heck, but less risky for weather problems than traveling more inland.
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I have read conflicting reports about what California is doing. I read that they are not allowing overnight reservations which is what I need to travel through obviously. I also read that does not apply to folks who full time in their rigs. Two different opinions about the same wording I guess. Also I think it depends on your residency.

I know that they are not stopping people at the border. I will also make specific calls to RV parks as I get closer to departing as what is true today my not be in two weeks.

The route down I-5 is boring as heck, but less risky for weather problems than traveling more inland.

I'm located in the Seattle area also .

Have made many trips to Texas to visit family .

Winter travel for us is to get as far South as fast as we can .

I-5 South to I-10 is your best bet to avoid winter weather .

As far as California RV Parks , figure your stops and call ahead .

I normally figure for 2 nights to get to I-10 .

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Ok you already figured out they won't stop you at the border. Truck stops will still be open for fuel and, you own a motorhome to stay in. Even without pushing too hard you should be able to clear California in two days spending one night boondocking somewhere. If you fill up at the Ore/Cal border you should be able to make it out of California with only one fuel stop. I would do I5 and get it done.
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We generally park at rest areas for simple overnight. We scope out ones with curb parking that'll fit our 43' motorhome plus toad, then we put out the curb side slides. With full water and empty waste tanks we can go 3 days before needing dump and fill.
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I'm located in the Seattle area also .

Have made many trips to Texas to visit family .

Winter travel for us is to get as far South as fast as we can .

I-5 South to I-10 is your best bet to avoid winter weather .

As far as California RV Parks , figure your stops and call ahead .

I normally figure for 2 nights to get to I-10 .

Good luck and Safe travels.
What route do you take around LA?
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Look at the weather. Unless there is a huge storm the interstate hwys are generally cleared out quickly. If there is no storm in the forecast you should be okay going the route through Boise , SLC etc.
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What route do you take around LA?
210 east to the 10, catch it just past Magic Mountain.(Valencia)
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210 east to the 10, catch it just past Magic Mountain.(Valencia)
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210 east to the 10, catch it just past Magic Mountain.(Valencia)


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Thanks for all the thoughtful replies. This is a GREAT site for sure!!

Have decided to travel down I-5. A known route with only one potential pitfall in southern Oregon and northern California. Never had a problem there is about a half a dozen winter trips.

Two winters ago we got stone cold stopped heading south in central Oregon with a "storm of the century". I-5 closed both ways in Oregon with a huge snow storm and thousands of trees brought down over the roads. That was the time a passenger train got stranded with no food or water. Made the national news.

They closed the freeway and we had to retreat all the way back to McMinnville in order to find a place that had power. Stuck for about 4 days only, but convinced me we have no business trying to use a motorhome in cold snowy weather!! Heck, I didn't even have a pair of warm gloves. Have rectified that oversight now when we travel.
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